This week’s podcast marks the first live episode of Grief Encounters, as Sasha and Venetia were part of an extraordinary night of poetry, film and discussion at the Dublin premiere of the extraordinary documentary Git Was Here in The Sugar Club. The documentary is based around the life of Christopher “Git” Byrne who passed away from cancer in March 2016. Lorcan Fox, the films Director and Git’s friend interviewed him on camera about his life – his regrets, his legacy and his view on mortality. This 90-minute chat is the genesis of the incredibly moving film.
Chris was a gregarious character with an infectious smile and a beautiful family with his wife Caroline and son Harry, who was born in the autumn of 2014. Sadly, just weeks later Chris was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and despite several operations and amazing care from the Irish medical system, Chris passed away at the age of 31 in Harold Cross Hospice. The film begins with Chris’s individual story but expands to a spectrum of experiences and ideas around death and dying. Interviewing experts across all areas, from academics and historians to medical consultants and gravediggers, we aim to understand more about death and mortality.
After the screening, Sasha and Venetia sat down for a discussion with Caroline and Lorcan with an audience filled with friends and family of Christopher’s, to discuss the impact of his tragic loss on both of them, and how this truly beautiful tribute came to life.
We want to thank Lorcan Fox, Fiachra Doyle, Kevin Flynn and Caroline Byrne for allowing us the chance to be apart of such a special night. You can check out more information about the movie and possible future screenings through their social media pages.
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